I think any female F1 fan is always going to be excited at the prospect of seeing more women in the series. I’m a little bit of a feminist, I suppose, and I like to see women getting equal opportunities in any male-dominated sport/job.

Susie has been on my radar for a while but other than seeing a few nice press shots last season I didn’t really hear much about her at Williams. She joined the team in April 2012 and played a big part in the development of the FW34 and the FW35.

In 2013 we’ll be seeing more of her as she’ll be taking on a larger testing and development role. She’ll be the first to get behind the wheel of the FW35 on the track at Idiada next month. She’ll also have an increased programme in the Williams simulator over the coming year.

Take a moment to appreciate how cute she is while I lose all my feminist credentials.

Take a moment to appreciate how cute she is while I lose all my feminist credentials.

Prior to joining the Williams F1 Team Susie spent seven seasons driving in DTM and was twice nominated for the prestigious BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award.

Speaking about her role with the Williams F1 Team in 2013 Susie said, ‘‘I really enjoy my time working with Williams and feel very much at home here. Last year was a valuable experience and I certainly feel that I’ve developed a lot as a driver. Increasing my role this year will further this progression and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the FW35 for the first time next month. I’m showing that women can play a role at the top level of motorsport and would like to thank Sir Frank Williams and the whole of the technical team for the trust they continue to show in me.’’

Image credits: Williams F1